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About Coco_Clark

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  • Birthday 12/25/1985

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    WA
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    Christian Orthodoxy, Charlotte Mason, Classical Education, Circe

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    Spokane WA
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    Preschool, knitting, Orthodoxy
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  1. Migraine sufferer here. We have "checklist only" days when I am down for the count which can include some or all of the following: Reading for so many minutes An oral (to a sibling or recorded) or written narration on said reading Copywork (in best handwriting and with correct grammar, of course) Time on Khan academy or a fun math app (lots of apps for multiplication facts, number sense, fractions). Or maybe all playing a math board or dice game together. Typing practice An art challenge (arthubforkids) A documentary on something we are learning
  2. I had a super bouncy boy. On top of his utter inability to stay still ever, he also had zero interest in book/table learning. So we played through all of kinder (6) the majority of 1st (7) and a good part of 2nd (8) grade. Including: Hopscotch to learn blends and words (put cards in the squares, read then jump). See also hopping, skipping, snail walking, crab walking, tight rope walking, ect. Jumping rope to learn to add, subtract, skip count. See also, throwing or kicking a ball back and forth. ALL math was oral or with blocks for this kid till 3rd grade. Playing h
  3. Yes! Noise cancelling headphones!!! Also, lap desks (or even just trays) for work on their bed. Or loft beds so a workspace can fit under.
  4. I'm still a homeschooling baby, or at least a child. 8 years in and no adult children. But I will play 🙂 Short answer: the object of education is to teach us to love what is true, good, and beautiful. Long answer: I'm a big believer that there is no pedagogy without anthropology. Meaning you need to know what a human (and a child) is before you can know how to educate them. So, as simply as I can put it: A human is an image of God, and the goal of education is to become even more human, even more an image of God. We strive towards this by beholding reflections of God (tru
  5. The school is never aware, good district or bad district 🙄. In fact, in my experience the "better" the school, the easier to fall through the cracks. I've seen middle schoolers that can't read and no one ever noticed. Or a 4th grader that was getting GOOD grades in math but couldn't add or subtract numbers over 10 because she didn't have enough fingers. That's the hilarious (sad?) part- a lot of the time these kids grades are just fine. Especially the ones that can work the system. My adopted 11 yr old has atrocious vocabulary/ comprehension/ reading skills but tests far above averag
  6. This is similar to mine, except off by two weeks. Our breaks fall end of Dec/early Jan, end of April/early May, and end of Aug/early September. We don't pre-celebrate Christmas or Easter so our breaks don't start more than a week before either. Plus I add a week in the middle of each of those 3 month stints, because my family are better sprinters than long distancers. 😁
  7. We have an odd structure, but it works for us. It's basically 6 weeks on, 1 week off, 6 weeks on, 4 weeks off. We start mid September and our long breaks fall after Christmas, during Holy Week and after Easter, and the end of summer. So 36 weeks of school split into three 12 week semesters. And 15 weeks of break. We did the 6 weeks on, two weeks off schedule for a long time and it worked for a long time, but my kids are getting older and better able to handle long breaks. Those months feel lux. And I've long ago learned any more than 6-7 weeks at a go gets exhausting.
  8. I have several middle schoolers. Boy A, entering 7th grade, is doing Alg 1 this year, which will be followed by Geometry in 8th grade, and Alg 2 in 9th grade. (There is a boy C that will do the same as he's finishing up Beast Academy arithmetic this year in 5th grade). Girl A, also entering 7th grade, is doing MM7 this year, which will be followed by Pre-Al in 8th, and Algebra in 9th. (There is a boy B that will do the same as he's entering 6th grade and has easily two more years of arithmetic). By far I feel like my daughter is on the more conventional path, and honestly I f
  9. I've taught several foster and adopted remedial readers, including a few 10+ kids that could not sound out "cat". And you are correct that most of the time it's simply lack of exposure. I have several tips. First, if they are unwilling to read- get them whatever they WILL be willing to read. I mean, use the highest quality they will accept, but if they are digging in their heels think comic books, graphic novels, junky serials, ect. Give yourself grace to what you need to do. Homeschoolers often have high literary standards (guilty), this isn't the place for them. Second, a
  10. Been there. No need to panic and take them back several grades. Take a deep breath and try again tomorrow. Likely a lot of the information will magically appear again, and the parts that don't will come back faster the second time around. Most math curricula is heavy in review at the beginning of the book for this very reason (and final tests designed to be taken when information is fresh, not after a several months break). But you can look into going year round, too. A lot of us do, and for this very reason!
  11. In my experience a 7th grader does not necessarily need more depth than a 6th grader. Those are very close numbers. In fact, in my home often a younger child is more capable/willing to go to greater depths in any given subject. I would just teach them together (of course expecting output to the best of their individual ability). As for where to start, I'd begin where they have the strongest interest.
  12. Asked on the High school board but not getting any bites. I'm interested in any experiences with Discovering Geometry. Especially in regards to middle school students. I'm considering combining all 3 of my middle school aged kids. One will have completed Beast Academy 5, one Mr D Pre-Al, and one Jacobs Algebra. So they have a mix of Algebra experience among them. All three will likely repeat Geometry in high school so I'm not stressed about it being complete.
  13. I'm looking for Geometry recommendations. Particularly any experience with Jacobs Geometry (we have enjoyed Jacobs Algebra) or Discovery Geometry.
  14. My students in this book were both 11 when we started and now 12. It probably is a fast pace. It works for us for two reasons. First, they've both been studying Latin, albeit gently, since 4th grade. So by the time they saw Oerberg for the first time they were 2 years into familiarity with Latin. Second, we are not using it to study grammar, we use Latin for Children for that. Our goal with this book is familiarity with Roman culture and language immersion, so as long as they understand what's happening in the story, we call it good. I think of it as studying in two streams: parts to wh
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